Biographie (2 /2) Portrait

[Portrait: links, Thomas Feuerstein mit Arte Nostra T-Shirt, Turin 1994; rechts, Thomas Feuerstein als Cyberhippie, Santa Barbara 1988 ]

Thomas Feuerstein was born 1968 in Innsbruck, studied art history and philosophy at the University of Innsbruck, doctorate 1995; works as artist and author in the fields of fine art and media art. From 1992 - 1994 co-editor with Klaus Strickner of the magazine Medien. Kunst. Passagen., published by Passagen Verlag Vienna. 1992 founded the office for intermedia communication transfer and the association 1992 and 1993 research commissions from the Austrian Ministry of Science on art in electronic space and art and architecture. Since 1997 lectures and seminars at colleges and universities.

Thomas Feuerstein's works and projects are realised using various media. They comprise installations, environments, objects, drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographies, videos, radio plays, and net art. Some of the crucial aspects are the interplay between verbal and visual elements, the unearthing of latent connections between fact and fiction, as well as the interaction between art and science. For his purposes Feuerstein has come up with an artistic method he calls "conceputal narration." Since the end of the eighties he has investigated the possibilities of algorithmic art. Beginning in the early nineties, first net installations come about that look at the economic and mass medial conditions for the construction of reality. The Biophily project (1995 to 2002) puts up for discussion a new idea of man in the face of bio-technology and genetic engineering. Other projects examine the interplay between individuality and sociality, formulate the aesthetics of entropy, and develop a daimonology of cultural processes.

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